I've known Nikki Rodger since we met at Houghton Horse Trials many years ago. Right from the start, we clicked and I have been lucky enough to call her my friend ever since.
Nikki is not one to sit still very long. Since meeting her, she has struck out on many adventures, including 25 years running her own horse clipping and trimming service across East Anglia, training her dogs, Lily and Betty, to gun dog standard, renovating and running a pub near the Nurburgring in Germany and currently working with race horses at Caroline Fryer Racing in Norfolk.
I've asked her to share a day in the life of this busy, can do, adventurer. This is what she wrote:
"Finally it feels like spring is in the air! As I drive in to work this morning the March hares are busy scurrying around the fields and the daffodils are welcoming me as I head down the drive to work. The dogs are the first to greet me and usually with a gift of a yard brush or sponge.
First lot out of the stables are Wez and Raffa. They are always keen to get on with their work. A quick change of shoes, boots and hat on & I grab my horse from the walker, tack up and head to the canter.
Racing today, lots to do. I'm heading to Huntington with Ruby on board, quick change back into my Orca Bay deck shoes. I’ve had them 8 years and they’re still going strong! They're so easy to slip on and off and I hate driving in wellies!
We arrive in good time and settle her, have a quick bite to eat at the canteen then pop some plaits in and prepare horse & tack ready for her race. Saddled and in the pre-parade ring, Ruby is very chilled. Her colours are pink and navy, my Halti light weight jacket is the perfect match and is very light and comfortable to wear.
Ruby finished, but not her day today. A nice hot wash to make her comfortable before we load up and head home. I love my job and I love being outdoors. Having the right kit only adds to that enjoyment"
Nikki will be joining us at Badminton Horse Trials this year to help on the stand. After two years away and with the expansion of our business, we are looking forward to working with her again, with her energy and her experience of the equine world!
Addendum: After writing this blog, one of the horses under Nikki's care, Goodnight Charlie (the grey) won at Fakenham races...congratulations to him, the jockey, the owner, trainer and you Nikki!